October 16th, 2009
|10:56 am - Thought for the Day|
What we all desire, in the end, is to be entirely ourselves in full view of an approving world.
Current Mood: contemplative
Yep. I would not be shocked if someone popped up and said, "That sounds like so-and-so," but as far as I know this particular phrasing is all mine. :)
True, that. Which makes things all the more difficult for followers of Jesus, since He was not of this world and neither are we. The world will never approve of us because we stand in direct opposition to what the world stands for.
So our two choices are to either stand for what Jesus stood for and be hated by the world (as He said would happen) or hide away and compromise and be loved by the world, but shamed by Christ.
That wasn't exactly what I was going for. "World" doesn't necessarily mean "current society" in the sense the New Testament translations use it; I was using it to mean "other people," in a general sense. *hopes this clarifies a bit*
(I firmly believe that there is nothing wrong with desiring approval; such approval can help us figure out when we're getting something right, and is, moreover, a basic human desire. It's only where we go for that approval and what influence we allow things or people to have over us that can become a problem.)
Glad it rings a bit true.
Hm. That seems pretty true. Now if only the world could be made to agree on anything, we'd be in business. *grin*
I know, right? :D
The brain is currently pondering why this desire seems to run so deep; either it's because our world as it is doesn't allow for this at all, and so we crave it all the more; or it points to something we don't have or perhaps even recognize we need (Lewis might say this one); or it points to some imbalance in ourselves (imho, least likely, given how nearly universal this seems to be in my experience so far).
Indeed. But in this fallen and redeemed world, what we get is to be entirely ourselves in full view of an approving God.
It's too bad that so rarely feels like enough. (Very true, though, indeed.)
|Date:||October 17th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)|| |
Or, as Professor Higgins put it...
"I'm an ordinary man, who desires nothing more than just an ordinary chance,
to live exactly as he likes, and do precisely what he wants."
... but then he was fictional, and didn't care if anyone approved or not :)